So, I think this pattern is just not written all that well. Knitters who have years of experience on me were having trouble deciphering the first part of the pattern. I even had one sit with me, read the instructions out loud to me, watch me as I do it, and go, "What the he--?" when we reached the end and the stitch count was wrong. Looking back on that first part --- now that I understand it --- I can think about ten ways it could have been written more clearly. So this is where I'm coming from.
Now on the piece of the pattern that is currently trying my patience. This is for the earflap of a hat. The pattern is written:
Cont to work back and forth in garter st as follows:
Inc row 1 (RS) Sl1, (k1,yok1) in next st, purl---5 sts. Knit next row.
Inc row 2 (RS) Sl1, k1, m1, k to last 2 sts, end M1, k1, p1 -- 7 sts. Knit next row. Rep last 2 rows 4 times more, then inc row 2 once, end with RS row --17 sts. Place sts on holder.
The italicized part is where I'm having trouble. I have 5 sts on my needles to start with. So, I:
stitch 1 --- slip
stitch 2 --- knit
stitch 3 -- knit one, make one (+1)
stitch 4 --???
There are only two stitches left! How do I "Knit to the last two stitches" if there are only two stitches? Am I supposed to return the stitch 3 stiches to the left needle, then knit those two, and then return to the rest of the pattern?
For those playing at home, this is number 9 in 60 Quick Knits: 20 Hats, 20 Scarves, 20 Mittens in Cascade 220